‘Jeopardy!’: Katie Couric Poses with Giant Check for Charity, Thanks Fans for Supporting Her as First Female Guest Host

by Quentin Blount

As her time as a guest host on Jeopardy! winds down to an end, former NBC Today Show host Katie Couric posted a photo of her posing with a giant check for charity.

Couric’s last episode as guest host of the popular game show will air tonight, Friday, March 19. The longtime journalist will be saying goodbye after spending two weeks at the podium. Couric took to her official Instagram page to thank her fans for tuning in and supporting her during her stint as the show’s first-ever female host.

“What a run!!!! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to host @jeopardy over the past two weeks,” Couric wrote. “Thank you to everyone who tuned in and supported me as the first-ever female guest host of the show — and to the contestants, staff, and crew of Jeopardy!, you guys made me feel like family and I’m so appreciative.”

Katie Couric and ‘Jeopardy!’ Team Up to Raise Money for Charity

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! announced that they would be making a donation to cause near and dear to Katie Couric’s heart once her tenure as a host was over. The 64-year-old has dedicated her life to advocating for colon cancer research and awareness after losing her husband back in 1998.

The show pledged to match the amount of money won by the contestants during Couric’s run as host. And in doing so, together they raised more than $230,000 for cancer research. Couric shared the following message alongside a picture of her posing with the gigantic check.

“As you know, @jeopardy generously agreed to match the cumulative winnings of the contestants during my 10-day run,” Couric captions her post. “And I’m THRILLED to announce that we raised 🌟$230,504🌟for the @su2c pancreatic cancer dream team – they are working tirelessly to develop new treatments and therapies for this terrible disease. I’m beyond grateful. 💜”

Couric signs off her Instagram post by reminding her fans to tune in to her final episode as a host on Jeopardy!.

“PS: Make sure you tune in today to watch my last episode! #jeopardy #grateful #cancerresearch #thankyou”

Now with Couric’s time coming to a close, you may be thinking, “Who’s next in line to host the famous quiz show?” Well, the answer to that question would be another celebrity. Dr. Oz will begin his run as the next guest host of the show starting on Monday.